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Rann and Baker Familys - Edmonton and Waltham Abbey - Website

Hi There,

If you are a member of the Rann or Baker Families based around Edmonton or Waltham Abbey or Waltham Cross areas, you might be interested in joining a website:

This site allows people researching this family to get in contact with each other and to share research and information.

My interest is in William Edward Rann and his wife May Baker and there many children, including my great grandmother, Emily Eliza Margaret "Midge" Rann.


RANN Sisters - Edmonton, England to Australia

Ranns in Australia

All daughters of William Edward Rann (b Waltham Abbey, Essex, England) and May Baker b 1879 Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England):

Emily Eliza Rann (b 03 Jan 1899,Edmonton, Middlesex, England d. 30 Jul 1971 Maidstone, Vic, Australia) married to John Whitley on 08 Jun 1920 in Edmonton, England. They left England in Dec 1930 for Melbourne.

Two of her sisters also came out Elsie and Rosa. Both were also based in the Melbourne area.


WHITLEY and COSTER - London to Australia

Hi All,

John WHITLEY was born in Tottenham, Middlesex, England in about 1882. I haven't been able to verify his exact birth details yet. He married Emily Eliza Margaret RANN (03 Jan 1899 Edmonton, Middlesex, England) on 08 Jun 1920 at the Church of the Precious Blood, Hertford Road, Lower Edmonton, London, England. This is a different church than what was handed down in the family history but confirmed via marriage certificate.

John WHITLEY was listed as a journeyman blacksmith on the certificate and his father is listed as John WHITLEY. No mothers details are recorded. However, with the Coster connection, we were able to find that his mother was most likely Sarah Ann COSTER. She was previously married to Henry COSTER who died in 1877. They had 3 children. Her maiden name was probably LUCAS. She married John WHITLEY in March 1885 and had 5 children - John, Rosa, Jessie, Walter and Robert.

Love to hear from anyone who might be connected.